Student Success Programs and Services in 2019

Summary of Student Success Programs

Summer of Learning: Explore Your World

  • Our annual, STEAM-focused Summer of Learning program drew an attendance of more than 8,500 children and teens to 270 programs and events.

Global Reading Challenge

  • 70 Seattle Public School District elementary schools participated in the program’s 24th year.
  • 4,200 fourth and fifth graders read at least one book as part of the program.
  • The winner was Bryant Elementary.

Homework Help

  • This free after-school service was offered at 11 Library locations.
  • Students visited Homework Help sessions nearly 12,000 times.

Story times

  • 2,200 story times were held in English.
  • 520 story times were offered in Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese, with a total attendance of 10,000, a 34% growth in attendance since 2018.
  • 1,990 story time sessions were offered, with a total attendance of 78,000. 
  • 200 Kaleidoscope Play and Learn sessions had a total attendance of 8,900.

Other key initiatives in 2019

  • 700 teen patrons received a Fresh Start waiver of fines and fees; 280 of those included lost-item fees that were funded by The Seattle Public Library Foundation.
  • Through a partnership with Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Nurse Family Partnership, a “Loud at the Library” story time series drew more than 140 attendees to eight sessions.
  • During the 2018-2019 school year, the Raising a Reader program served 1,700 children ages 18 months to 6 years old and their families.